As an astrophysics minor, you will have several resources right at your fingertips in addition to the expertise of our faculty.

Ball State has teamed with the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) to bring you the best in research-grade equipment. We are the first university outside the American Southeast to join SARA, a consortium providing member institutions with research opportunities for faculty and students. Our faculty and students routinely observe astronomical objects using the 0.9-m telescope located on Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Observations are usually made in real time over the Internet, but trips to Arizona to observe are also common events. Access will soon be available to a 0.6-m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile.

On campus, you will be provided with educational experience outside of the classroom by using our Planetarium and Observatory. The observatory contains telescopes of various sizes that the moon, bright planets, and stars to life. The planetarium is a sky theatre that can simulate the night sky at any place on Earth, at any time of the year.